AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - An Amarillo police K-9 was honored today for his heroic actions during a SWAT standoff when he was shot in the line of duty.
Last September, Koss crawled under a house to search for a wanted suspect.
Then, a shot was fired.
"When we first heard the gunshot, we weren't sure it was a gunshot," said Cpl. Cody Lavery, Koss's handler. "It sounded muffled, kinda like a firecracker under a bucket. But once we smelt the gunpowder, then we knew it had to be a gunshot."
Koss crawled out from underneath the house, and it was discovered that he had been shot.
"I put him in the police truck. Drove him to the emergency hospital. First thing they did was the shave the hair on the side of his neck, and you could see two holes where the bullet had gone in, and had gone under the skin and come back out," said Lavery.
Koss recovered, and now he's back on duty.
Today, the Panhandle Kennel Club honored Koss with an award and a small gift for his service.
"He's been a part of our show for the past four years," said Charlisa Stokes from the Panhandle Kennel Club. "But last year, he was shot just before our show, and so we were really concerned about him and really afraid when we first heard he got shot, but the police officer he is, he showed up for the show that year."
At today's ceremony, APD honored all the K-9 units for the work they've done.
Together, they have seized street value $7 million worth of drugs.